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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 10, 2012 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

I tend to agree with you, although they wrote so many evocative songs together. A suitable bookend for this tune might be Ramble On Rose, or Miss. Half Step. One of the reasons I love these songs (and many others from Garcia/Hunter) is that they tell stories, paint a picture, sometimes not very concretely, but certainly distinctly. The bridge from Ramble is a perfect Jerry moment - "I'm gonna sing you a hundred verses in ragtime, I know this song, it ain't never gonna end..." This is Garcia's life work in a nutshell!

Another reason I love those 3 songs, and a number of others - they're playin' favorites... easy enough for some to pick up that ole guitar and croak out the tune.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 10, 2012 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: One of Hunter's most Evocative Songs

I don't disagree with you - Ramble On Rose is one of my favorite Jerry songs, and I agree with what you say about the extra weight those lines carry - but for me Jerry's musical manifesto is in the Allen Toussaint song that he covered so well:

I'll take a melody,
and see what I can do about it.
I'll take a simple C to G -
and feel brand-new about it.
I understand why the old fishermen sail along:
some day you'll be gone.

(not sure I got those last two lines exactly right, but you know the song)